Advice and Support

Our at-a-glance index of helpful links and resources


If you are worried or concerned about your childs education a good place to start is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) in your childs school or college. Other helpful avenues of information and support are listed here, or we have a series of SEND education articles here.

The Local Offer

A comprehensive resource of local information, decisions, events and resouces to support the SEND community. It can also act as a window to finding up to date contact information for local statutory agencies and services, this includes childrens services, health, education and other welfare links.

National Autistic Society

National charity that runs a number of helplines which can give advice on education, benefits, social care, school exclusions and transition.


Independent Provider of Special Education Advice offers free and legally based information, advice and support to get the right education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.


A local service funded by Kingston Council to provide impartial, confidential information, advice and support to parents/carers of children and young people (0-25) with disabilities and special educational needs.

SEND Jargon Buster

A useful guide to help explain some of the acronyms and jargon used by healthcare, educational and social care professionals regarding children with special needs.

Your Healthcare Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

Your healthcare speech and language therapists work with children, their families and others who support them from age 0-19

This service promotes, improved understanding of spoken language, clear and effective expressive language and speech sounds. As well as social interaction, the reduction of stammering, voice use, interaction and communication and safe eating drinking and swallowing